Schilling to toss hat in ring?

The death of Ted Kennedy has left Massachusetts with a vacant Senate seat, and a prominent New England personality has expressed interest in it.

Are you ready for Sen. Curt Schilling?

“While my family is obviously the priority … I do have some interest in the possibility,” Schilling wrote on his Web site. “That being said, to get to there from where I am today, many, many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen. I am not going to comment further on the matter since at this point it would be speculation on top of speculation.”

Schilling did say: “The fight would be fun. The whole spotlight/media (junk), not so much. But the fight would be a lot of fun, because pretty much anyone you’re fighting against who’s in office right now doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on. There’s nobody who can stand up and say, ‘Look at what I’ve done over the last two, four, six, eight, 12, 20 years.’ Because those are the people who the pitchforks and torches are out for.”

Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein assessed Schilling’s potential as a politician: “He would be good at filibustering.”

FIGHTING CHANCE — The punch Oregon senior running back LeGarrette Blount threw at Boise State linebacker Byron Hout on Thursday night got him suspended for the season by Oregon. But even before the suspension was announced, the fight drew interest from boxing promoter Bob Arum, who said he saw great potential in Blount.

“The kid threw a great punch,” Arum told the Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire.

When told that Blount probably would be suspended, Arum offered an opportunity during Blount’s layoff.

“I’d support the kid for six months in the amateurs; he knows how to throw a punch,” Arum said, tongue partially in cheek. “He’d need work, though. Unlike the Boise defensive player, the guys (Blount) would be stepping into the ring against would be looking for the punch.”

Arum has signed a college football player before, putting Notre Dame defensive captain Tom Zbikowski on a card in New York. About Blount, Arum suggested, “Tell him to call me.”

ALL THE BUZZ — From Greg Cote of the Miami Herald: “A suite at Angel Stadium owned by baseball super agent Scott Boras was swarmed by bees. I can think of a couple of dozen team GMs who probably got a smile out of that.”

JUST SAY NEIGH — Isabell Werth, Germany’s five-time Olympic dressage champion, has been suspended for six months after her horse Whisper failed a drug test.

Writes Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “The sudden facial mane and saddle acne were a dead giveaway.”

SOFT TOUCH — Mark Kriegel of FoxSports.com, on strapping Joba Chamberlain getting babied with three-inning pitch limits: “Do the Yankee trainers powder his bottom, too?”

BIG RING — Seattle Times reader Bill Littlejohn, on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger trying on Shaquille O’Neal‘s NBA championship ring: “He said it was a little loose, but kept his trousers up just fine.”

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